For Baltimore all-stars, a fun, friendly farewell

But their North team loses black college game, 115-108

April 10, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

There was fun for all, but Jimmy Fields, Jorge Cajigas and Kofi Pointer all fell short in their quest for a happy end to college basketball, playing on a North squad that lost, 115-108, in overtime yesterday in the Black College All-Star Game.

At Morgan State's Hill Field House, Alcorn State's Wallace Harris scored nine of his team-high 19 points in the extra period to lift the South, which trailed for only 13 seconds over the game's 45 minutes.

Despite the adverse result, Fields of Morgan State and Cajigas and Pointer of Coppin State were fine with the event as their Baltimore basketball finale, scoring 10, nine and five points, respectively.

On one end of the court, there were such sports celebrities as Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Washington Wizards guard Rod Strickland.

On the other end, there was the Morgan State men's basketball team -- ever vocal in its support of Fields, and in imploring Washington Wizards coach Darrell Walker to give them a shot on his team.

"During the announcements, the fans gave me a nice ovation," said Fields, a Gilman grad who started yesterday. "The teammates did their best to try to get me into the game -- it was a great day for me."

"It was a nice atmosphere," said Pointer, who played in high school at Southern.

"We got the crowd into it a little bit. A lot of my family and friends were here, so it was a good way to play my last game in Baltimore."

Harris, who averaged 9.4 points as a shooting guard for Alcorn, said his goal in his role as point guard in this game was simply to keep the South together.

Early on, he got his team ahead with five quick points, and late, he scored another five during a 13-5 run that put the North away.

"I just wanted to make sure that we kept the tempo on our side," Harris said. "I didn't want them to get the momentum, since they were at home."

The game was tight throughout the second half, with four ties, including a free throw by South Carolina State's Duane Johnson with 5.1 seconds left that sent the game into overtime.

"We kept trading baskets when we should have been making stops," said Cajigas, who continues to represent Coppin State on its men's tennis team.

"In an all-star game, they should all be able to score, so we should know we have to play defense."

SOUTH -- Vanlier 0-5 5-7 5, Anyanwu 5-12 3-4 13, Thomas 3-6 3-3 10, Harris 6-10 6-9 19, Benjamin 3-5 1-2 7, Dyse 4-10 2-5 12, Manning 0-3 0-0 0, Morgan 5-11 3-4 15, Mackey 4-7 0-1 8, Smylie 3-10 3-4 10, Chambers 6-8 4-6 16. Totals 39-87 30-45 115.

NORTH -- Thomas 1-3 0-0 2, Fields 1-6 7-9 10, Johnson 5-9 7-12 17, Patterson 1-7 0-1 2, Bingham 2-3 0-0 4, Cajigas 1-8 6-7 9, Reese 4-9 1-2 10, Kofi 2-7 1-3 5, Woolfork 4-9 0-0 8, Grant 1-7 1-2 4, Wallace 7-13 4-4 21, Harper 3-9 2-2 8, Cole 2-4 2-2 6, Riddick 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 35-96 31-46 108.

Half--South, 46-44. 3-point goals--S 7-25 (Morgan 2-3, Dyse 2-6, Harris 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Smylie 1-3, Manning 0-2, Vanlier 0-3, Anyanwu 0-3); N 7-40 (Wallace 3-8, Cajigas 1-6, Grant 1-6, Reese 1-5, Fields 1-4, Cole 0-1, Kofi 0-1, Woolfork 0-2, Patterson 0-3, Harper 0-4). Fouled out--Smylie, Fields, Bingham. Rebounds--S 60 (Chambers 9); N 65 (Johnson 15). Assists--S 11 (Manning 3); N 26 (Fields 5). Total fouls--S 33; N 31. A--n/a.

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